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15-year-old girl struck by bullet at North Carolina school [updated]

October 24, 2011 |  5:14 pm

Cape Fear High School
Just as two children wounded by stray bullets came home from a hospital in one North Carolina city midday Monday, a 15-year-old girl was shot in the neck in an unrelated incident at a high school in another city.

The girl, Caitlyn Ambercrombie, was in stable condition at a hospital in Fayetteville, N.C., after being shot while standing outside the school near a cafeteria breezeway, police said. The shot may have been fired from off-campus, Frank Till, superintendent of the Cumberland County Schools, told the Fayetteville Observer.

Caitlyn was reportedly standing near a school resource officer and an assistant principal about 1:30 p.m. when she was shot. Neither saw anyone approach the girl or fire a weapon, according to the story. Students told authorities they heard a pop and saw the girl fall to the ground.

Caitlyn was conscious at the hospital and able to answer questions, a spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office told the newspaper.

Cape Fear High School was locked down as police searched the campus and nearby areas. Students were later searched and scanned with metal detectors before they were allowed to leave the school. Local TV coverage showed students leaving the school with their hands on their heads, escorted by police.

On Sunday, a 3-year-old boy and his year-old sister were wounded by stray bullets while playing in their living room in Durham, N.C. Police said the shots were fired by a drive-by gunman shooting at an unidentified man about  50 yards from the children’s home.

Three-year-old Anaryiion Hagans was shot in the left hand, and a bullet grazed his stomach, his mother, Dominque Hagans, told the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. One-year-old Aunehstii Hagans was shot in the arm, and a bullet grazed her back.

The children were treated at a hospital overnight and released Monday.

Two teenagers were arrested in the Fayetteville shooting Monday night, the Associated Press reported. No arrests were reported in the Durham shootings.

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Photo: A Cumberland County sheriff's deputy rolls crime scene tape around the scene after a shooting at Cape Fear High School east of Fayetteville, N.C., on Monday afternoon. Credit: Jim Halpin / Fayetteville Observer

 

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